School and Society


In today’s society being sensitive is sometimes lacking in our school systems.   The human touch has almost disappeared.   This is not to say that being sensitive is not important, it is.   In the speech given by the teacher to her parents, there were instances where she did exhibit sensitivity.   Three of them occurred when she pointed out that translators were available, provided and explained each document she used, and agreed to stay late to accommodate those parents who work late. Being sensitive to parents’ needs sometimes makes all of the difference.
By providing translator the teacher made sure that what she had to say was understood by all of her parents.   It is frustrating enough when one does not speak the everyday language in which their children are taught, but it becomes overwhelming when technical   terms are used as in most cases with the educational system   Also, providing documents without explanations is of little use when it is not understood.   According to Mendoza (2003), research in medicine and in education confirms the conventional wisdom that when professionals use technical terms and jargon without sufficient explanation, parents may not understand key information about their children. Therefore, if parents do not understand what is going on with their children at school, they may not be of much help. In a community where parents work outside of the home, it is usually during the regular school hours.   Parents may not be able to get time off for parent conferences and important information may never get discussed.   By staying late after hours, the teacher gives those parents an opportunity to still stay informed as those parents who can attend conferences during regular hours.
Even though the teacher tries to be sensitive to the needs of the parents, some parts of her speech was just the opposite.   For example, even though she is aware that a large number of the community population is low-income, she still assumes they...